As a college student living in Minnesota, you can choose to have a voice in elections.
First, decide where you resideYou must register to vote with the address where you reside. Your residence is the place you consider home, from which you have no current intent to move. If you consider a campus residence as home, you may register to vote using that address. If you consider your parents’ residence, or some other address as home, you must register to vote using that address. Your registration address determines the specific offices or ballot questions you can vote on.
Register to voteOnce you’ve decided which address is your residence, you can register to vote. You may pre-register until 5 p.m. on the 21st day before Election Day. If you did not pre-register, you can still register on Election Day.
Voting absenteeIf you are going to be somewhere other than your residence on Election Day, you can still vote by absentee ballot. To vote absentee, download and complete the absentee ballot application and return it to your county auditor. You may instead choose to vote absentee in person at your county auditor's or city clerk's office. Our Absentee Voting page has more details about these options.
If you are going to be out of the country or studying abroad on the day of the elections, you can still vote in Minnesota. Visit the Minnesota Military and Overseas Voter Service for information and resources related to overseas voting. You can even receive your ballot by e-mail. However, you will need to print it out and send a hard copy back.
Get involved!As a Minnesota resident, you are eligible and encouraged to serve as an election judge. Election judges are paid to serve in the over 4,100 polling places in Minnesota. Serving as an election judge is a great way to get involved with the electoral process and make a difference in your community.
The Office of the Secretary of State conducts many outreach activities for students including first time voter workshops and campus visits with the Secretary of State. To host a visit or a workshop call our offices at 651-201-1324.
DownloadKnow Your Student Voting Rights (pdf)
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